About BT

A woodworking project - A bench to watch the marsh

A woodworking project - A bench to watch the marsh

Me – 50(ish) Black Male, born and raised in Virginia.

One of the Neighbors - A Red Shouldered Hawk in the back yard.

Occupation(s) – Serial Entrepreneur.  When not doing that, I consult to (generally) small companies, the people who fund them – and look for new ideas. I also do a fair amount of work overseas.

Background – Hi-Tech, Engineering, Computers, and Telecom with a strong dose of Business Management and Marketing.

Hobbies – This could take a few pages.

  • Photography – Worked professionally. Some of the pics here (such as the header) will be mine.
  • The Beach and Fishing -  Saltwater, the header pic is titled “Out my front door”.
  • Boats – It’s a really bad habit.
  • Model Trains – “N” Gauge, the little tiny ones.
  • Woodworking – I love to make Art Furniture and restore antiques.
  • Continuing Education – I’m an amateur Historian and voracious reader.
  • Cooking – Fusion, a combination of different dishes from different parts of the world. Mess with my All Clads and I make that Hell’s Kitchen dude look like a wimp.

Another visitor - a Blue Heron

Favorite Restaurants – Inn At Little Washington (Patrick O’Connell is simply one of the very best!), Peking Gourmet Inn (Favorite of George Bush Sr, and the best Peking Duck in the world. Tell George or Lilly I sent you!), The Battletown Inn (No it’s not a 5 star, but after a day on the Shenandoah Drive, it hits the spot), Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek (When in Dallas a 5 Star of incredible experience – bring an oil well), Joe T Garcia’s (Ft. Worth -Haven’t Been in a while, but this was serious good Tex-Mex food, fixed just like Momma Garcia used to make), Redfish Grill (New Orleans – Between the oyster bar, home brew, and Stuffed Redfish, some of the best eats in Naw’leans), Everest (Chicago – this will put your company expense account in receivership. Special occasions, indeed!) Charlie Trotters (Chicago – an institution), Steak? Mike Shannons in St. Louis.

Next place I want to try – Town House in Chillowie, Va.

Politics – To the right of Mao, and the left of Attila the Hun. I used to be what might be described as a moderate-progressive in this country, which nowadays seems to fall into the “socialistic pinko” category. I haven’t moved, but the notoriously nearsighted right has marched even further away from the Village Square, gleefully lopping the heads of their own newest heretics clinging to moderate rationality.

Mothra!

Did I say woodworking? Here are two of my more colorful, fun projects meant for seaside cottages. The Armoire, which wasn’t finished at the time of the picture (the bottom drawers) was a joint project with my little ones who selected the scene and helped stain the wood. The large bell to the left came out of a restoration project of an mid-19th Century black Church (they got a new bell).

This is a "modernized" Stickley Rocker, again for a Beach Cottage. I redid the wood in a (removable) Midnight Blue after totally disassembling it and returning it to it's original all peg (no nails, no screws) construction.

Armoire - Art Painted Cabinet

Armoire - Art Painted Cabinet

My Other Front Door View

37 Responses

  1. [quote]To the right of Mao, and the left of Attila the Hun. I used to be what might be described as a moderate-progressive in this country, which nowadays seems to fall into the “socialistic pinko” category. I haven’t moved, but the notoriously nearsighted right has marched even further away from the Village Square, gleefully lopping the heads of their own newest heretics clinging to moderate rationality.[/quote]

    Not surprised at all.

    I wonder when you will focus on the people who are IN POWER in the various cities.

    Just as long as “these people’ don’t move near you in Virginia but continue to vote as you want them to – you are happy.

  2. Hmmmm… You probably ought to read my welcome post.

  3. Nice blog BT.

  4. Thanks, Steve!

  5. Mike Shannon is the place to go for a steak :-). I do not comment often, but I like what you have to say on your blog.

  6. Thank You, blindersoff!

  7. Uh oh, Constructive Feedback’s found yet ANOTHER blogger to harass. There goes the “neighborhood.” ;-) Just kidding! I got to you from brotherpeacemaker’s site. This is a nice blog, I like it. Good luck on this endeavor.

    Dark Frosty

    • Here we call CF the Porch Simian, for his lunatic ravings up there on the Porch. As a guilty pleasure I go over to Booker Rising and smack him around a bit, which usually results in a visit.

  8. [quote]Photography – Worked professionally. Some of the pics here (such as the header) will be mine.[/quote]

    I have to give you credit.

    How long did you have to set the timer on your camera to then run out in front and climb atop the pole?

    You are indeed one impressive chap.

    I could have only been more impressed had you chosen to stand on one leg and not fallen over after being surprised by the snap of the shutter.

    • I see my efforts at assisting in your 12 Step recovery from self-hating-buckdancing-black-conservative-lips-planted-white-conservative-weenie-addiction (BUCSUCK) – by firmly planting my foot up your ass has finally reached you brain, Porch Simian!

  9. The Mansion at Turtle Creek is one of my favorites in my adopted hometown of Dallas.

  10. Now I’m jealous, Mark!

    I don’t make it to Dallas much anymore…sigh…

  11. You are a moron. you elected an overt black racist asshole for President. I’ll bet you wish the days were back were white folks were afraid of black folks. I’ll go toe to toe with an idiot like you any day o the week. Your arguments are stupid and not fact based – I amfrom VA too and there is no shortage of libtarded commies like you running around pretending like everyone who works owes them something. Bring it on you idiot, watch as this entire country rejects your weak ass communist bullshit ideology.

    • Haught, I am a business owner – who currently owns all or part of 4 companies in 3 countries. And that doesn’t count 3 I haven’t quite got off the ground yet with good old fashioned Venture Capital.

      If that makes me a “commie” – that makes you an idiot.

      In the 3 companies in which I have partners, 2 are all white. If that makes me a racist – that makes you a jackass.

      But then – you have already proved that.

      Racism will make you stupid, Haught – which you’ve aptly demonstrated.

  12. i really flew off the handle at you . I apologize sir. everyone is entitled to their own opinion and I am sorry for being a troll, you didn’t deserve it.

  13. Dear Mr. BT,

    I have read your blog with interest and appreciation of your photograhic and woodworking talent.

    I want to say that you are wrong about all white people being the dredge of the earth. Most people of all races just want live their lives in peace and do not want to bother anyone else. For me, I am a white person, a conservative, and a woman. I do not agree with the Progressive movement for a variety of reasons, but I believe that most Progressives truly believe in their cause – just as I believe in the conservative cause. I guess my point is that we have to start respecting each other’s point-of-view even if we do not agree with it. I am trying to learn this myself.

    We can’t really know how another person feels if we have not traveled in their shoes. I am sorry if you were ever the victim of racism. I have not been the victim of racism, but I have been cruelly discriminated against for other reasons. It does not feel good.

    It would be much easier for me to believe that everyone in the world is bad or evil than to see the truth: the overwhelming majority of people in this world are good and do not want to hurt anyone. It is only a small minority of people who cause problems for the world. Is it much harder to look at the truth, because we have to get over our pain and sometimes it is easier to hold onto it.

    You seem like you are quite a talented and unique person who shares with the world. I ask you humbly to be a force for good, instead of pouring negativity out to the world. It is harder to do this, but we desperately need light here in the world.

    The best to you.

    • “I want to say that you are wrong about all white people being the dredge of the earth.”

      Go to my home page. Tap the guy in the Orange Jumpsuit in the left hand column. When the new screen comes up you will find an number of the folks subjected to my ire…

      They aren’t all white folks.

      They aren’t all conservatives.

      Being a black person who is a Progressive has absolutely nothing to do with liking, or disliking white folks.

      • [quote]Being a black person who is a Progressive has absolutely nothing to do with liking, or disliking white folks.[/quote]

        The question is – Does the “Progressive who is Black” believe that Black people are 100% equal to all others and thus have as their primary goal COMPETENCY DEVELOPMENT within our ranks?

      • That is exactly why I have been supporting you going through the 5th grade…

        For the 7th time, Porch!

  14. Are you getting sensitive training BT LOL

  15. Hi, nice to meet you !

  16. it just kills me how white folks will make their comment a defense of all the ish they’ve done thru out history and still doing today. they always want to ‘explain’, defend and then some , they lil feelins get hurt and they feel singled out… and call YOU the racist. Or like hought up there-go off on a nasty racist name callin’ tirade -that guy ‘sounded like he was havin’ a Tourets episode!

    It is what it is. yall guilty in some cases. like the btx3 say, there are black folks who’s ass I could get in for some the things they have said/done. There are a few hispanics, and ‘others’. Dont feel like the spotlight is ONLY on you. unless YOU guilty.

    then thats a personal problem and on you.

    on topic: it was wrong for them to let those folks house just burn to the ground. they coulda put it out and billed them. i have never heard of anything like that in my 50+ yrs.

    Based on the Teaplublican Gang agenda this is what we gonna end up with. all this takin back america shyt is just that-shit. they just want to do the opposite of whatever Bam and the Democrats want to do, and playin a real dangerous game with the lives of the american people..

    Just to be opposite-and this has to be the ONLY reason for this coz it dont make sense-they killed the bill that would have stopped american companies from outsourcin’ job to Habib in india and some other mofo in outter mongolia, actually gave a tx break to those who moved businesses back in. THEY KILLED IT! We need jobs right now and this is what they do???

    They gon’ take us str8 to hell in that handbasket I keep talkin about…

  17. I’m a middle-aged black female but I don’t judge on the basis of age, race, or gender. Your thoughts here are good. Keep on being who you are.

  18. Thank You, Miss Liberty!

    • You’re a smart and talented guy. Your work is impressive. I enjoy reading your commentaries. I’m up late because I was waiting for a call from a friend who just arrived in Africa (the Sudan). She’s an OBGYN working for Medecins Sans Frontieres, aka Doctors Without Borders. She’s treating Darfur refugees. When it’s midnight here it’s 6 a.m. there. I worry about her, but she’s tough. She’s earning a lot of good karma credits (LOL). Namaste.

  19. Martin Bashir, plain and simple, is a huge hypocrite. He works for the MSNBC hate mongering Network. But, he is not alone, as he is surrounded by other bigots; for instance, Chris Matthews, Chris O’Donnell and others.

    Furthermore, the openly intolerant, Martin Bashir, is a poor excuse for a journalist. At best, he is one of (ID fraud) Obama’s cheerleaders.

    Please Google the following title, as my self-authored web article helps substansiate my aforementioned opinion:

    Google:

    MSNBC: Network of bigotry hate mongering and racism

    • “Like an unchecked cancer, hate corrodes the personality and eats away its vital unity. Hate destroys a man’s sense of values and his objectivity. It causes him to describe the beautiful as ugly and the ugly as beautiful, and to confuse the true with the false and the false with the true.”

      Martin Luther King Jr.

      And Faux News isn’t positing hate against liberals and progressives?

  20. Hi, I have a surprise for you at:
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    If perhaps awards are not your style, it’s ok because I do understand- just a token of appreciation for your wonderful work.

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